Around the world, we celebrate longevity. Living to—or past—100 is an amazing accomplishment. But could you imagine living to the age of 256? Li Qing Yuen was a Chinese Taoist master, military advisor and herbalist who, according to legend, was born in 1677 and died 256 years later—on May 6, 1933. In his lifetime, he is said to have had 24 wives and 183 children.

Yuen lived in the mountains of Sichuan, China on a diet of goji berries, lingzhi, wild ginseng and rice wine, among other herbs. He practiced Qigong faithfully every day. He also meditated daily, sometimes for hours at a time, to maintain inner calm.

Curious about Li Qing Yuen’s secret to a long life? On May 15, 1933, Time Magazine published an article titled Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog. In it, they shared Yuen’s secret: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”


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One Response to 256 Years of Wisdom
  1. Chinese medicine is good for preventative measures. However, they don’t help much if you already have a serious problem. The medicine did not help my blood pressure at all. I have to use western medicine to regulate it. Chinese medicine takes a long time to work. You have to take it for at least a year for it to show signs of healing. So if you are in an emergency situation with your gallbladder I would not recommend traditional medicine.


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